I was completely UNPREPARED to answer this question and really think about it????? I have never outright and thoughtfully questioned why I love reading + no one’s ever asked.
I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS.
It’s a tiny bit outrageous because,,,I’m srsly shocked and I haven’t been shocked for so long? and it’s such an OBVIOUS thing to think about
I think people just assume that reading works for some people (book nerds) and just doesn’t for others? It’s something you inherently accept about someone. For instance, you don’t explain your favorite song or your eye color. you just have it and no one asks questions
Gosh, it feels so intrinsic to my very personality and I don’t know how to EXPLAIN IT????? but we shall try.
i’m truly sorry for how much i’m going to flail and screw everything up forgive me
The thing I value most about reading is when I feel that intense emotional connection to characters. Soft lads, villains, the relationships between them. they’re all incredibly important to me & no one is allowed to hurt them [raises fist]
Most of my life is me reading a book entirely for 1 special soft sunshine or badass girl or sociopath mess (or sometimes characters with other qualities) and I won’t emerge from my room for days. they become so real?????? i honestly
pls don’t lock me in the attic believe they are real in their own right.
2. You can be, do, and feel anything
One of the best things about a book is being immersed in it. When you read, you identify with the characters and sensory language, and spend HOURS going through it all. immersion is my favorite invention
+ you learn so much tolerance for other people and situations????? And you learn that even if you’re different than someone, they still deserve the right to be unapologetically themselves, just as much as you do.
Authentic, weird af characters are my absolute favorite. So, I try not to give a shit about being normal, because you don’t see Kaz Brekker attempting any semblance of conformity
3. making friends!
I have made so many friends through books??????? The book community is v warm and welcoming and NICE; i’m so grateful to know everyone i’ve met here.
In general, talking about books is a foolproof way to have long, deep conversations with others ❤
(even if you’re like me & have no idea how to talk to people because you have crippling social anxiety *sad double thumbs up*)
4. reading makes you an inherently cool person
I feel like if someone has a bookshelf in their house,,,,,,or better yet a giant, physically dangerous pile of their favorite books stacked in their bedroom,,,,,then they’ve achieved the universal standard of being cool.
You already KNOW that person chooses to spend a long ass time LEARNING and being sappy over characters and is probably ready to launch into a detailed explanation of why their favorite book should be cherished.
in sum, they are charming and sensitive and overall a quality person. All thanks to friendly neighborhood reading. 🙂
5. reading teaches you how to write like a gorgeous artist
Not every reader enjoys/wants to write, but in my case, reading has 100% taught me how to be a writer. I’ve read so much and at this point, stories have become everything.
Becoming obsessed with books makes me want to write something with my OWN brain that will make other people feel things. I JUST WANT ATTENTION AND PRAISE. Basically obsession has become my best virtue and it’s all because of books and writing.
(i am trash and have no other skill set)
What do you love about books?
What was the first book that made you fall in love with reading?
also the completely random images of books from my Instagram symbolizes my chaotic adoration and dedication (and not that i ran out of time to find organized things, so just pasted whatever i saw first)
*Top Five Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm